Wheat School: These Aren’t Your Grandpa’s Seeding Rates – Peter Johnson, OMAFRA

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One of the special things in agriculture is the knowledge that is passed down from one generation to another. In most cases this is a possible experience but sometimes poor information slips through the cracks. A great example of this is the calculation of wheat seeding rates. Whether you are in Eastern or Western Canada farmer chances are that you seed by pounds or bushels per acre based on 60lb units of wheat. MAJOR FAIL!!!

Most agronomists would agree that seeding based on 1000 kernel weight (west), seeds per foot of row (east) or seeds per acre (east) are the most accurate and reliable seeding measures.  So if this is such common knowledge, why do farmers stick to old inaccurate seeding rate rules established by our grandparents.  I think its a great question and so I went to the man who has the answer.

In this episode of the Wheat School, Peter Johnson, OMAFRA discusses seeding rates and why seeding bushels per acre is a huge inaccurate mistake on your farm.

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Shaun Haney

Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. He creates content regularly and hosts RealAg Radio on Rural Radio 147 every weekday at 4:30 PM est. @shaunhaney

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Johnq

Great video – would really enlighten farmers to rethink their “old” strategy. However, lets put this in laymens terms. Drills are not set by the number of seeds per row. They want to know what rate to set their drills prior to planting, rather than constantly counting seeds in rows.

If one had a 1000 kernel weight of 42, how does this factor back to number of seeds per row, and where do they set their drills?

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Shaun Haney

John, What Peter was alluding to was setting your drill to seeds per foot of row. Many farmers in Ontario go with 7 inch air seeders so that is a standard measurement.

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